Car Accident FAQ
Answers from a Washington, DC Car Accident Attorney
- What should I do after an auto accident?
- Who determines who was at fault in my auto accident?
- Why do I need an auto accident lawyer?
- Will I need to go to court for my claim?
- What are the reasons for recovery from a car accident?
- How much does a consultation or evaluation cost?
What should I do after an auto accident?
Following any type of motor vehicle accident, there are a number of steps
you can take to protect yourself and your rights should you pursue a personal
injury claim against the at-fault party. These include:
- Call emergency services, if there are any injuries that require treatment,
and call the police so an officer can respond to the scene and make an
- Gather as much information as possible (contact and insurance information,
driver’s licenses and license plate numbers, etc.).
- Take photos, if you are able to do so, of the scene, traffic signs or signals
nearby, vehicle damage, and any visible injuries.
- Record the details of what happened before and during the crash while they
are still fresh in your mind.
- Contact our experienced attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata &
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Who determines who was at fault in my auto accident?
In every auto accident, one driver is usually liable for the collision.
Often it is obvious which driver is responsible. In other situations,
the evidence must be carefully reviewed. Our firm's legal team will
review statements of the drivers as well as other witnesses who saw the
accident. Other information is taken into account as well.
Each state has a set of rules that tell people how they are supposed to
drive. The rules of the road are not just for drivers. They provide rules
for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists.
Another way to help determine which driver is liable is the police report.
If the police came to the scene of the auto accident, it is their job
to make a report of what they observe. Many times the officer will write
down which driver they believe was at fault. It is important to get the
police report to help your lawyer file your claim.
Why do I need an auto accident lawyer?
Many people choose to handle insurance claims themselves. This can be a
tremendous task if you are not familiar with auto accidents. Our attorneys
can inform you if there are different rules and procedures that are associated
with filing a personal injury claim in Washington, DC.
There are many guidelines that you are supposed to follow after an accident
– not just with the other insurance company, but also with the state.
Some states may require that you submit a record of the auto accident
within a certain amount of time. Also, if you were injured as a result
of the accident, your medical history may need to be reviewed.
Our legal team can get your claim noticed by the insurance company. We
will also save you the hassle of dealing with complicated legal procedures
and medical records. Our legal team will work on your claim for you, saving
you time and energy.
Will I need to go to court for my claim?
If an experienced lawyer represents you, the insurance claim can often
be settled outside of court without the need to file a lawsuit. If a settlement
is reached, then the cost and time of having a trial can be avoided. In
addition, when you have an experienced lawyer help you with your settlement,
your overall recovery from the car accident is often greater.
What are the reasons for recovery from an auto accident?
If you are involved in an auto accident and have sustained injuries as
a result, you are not only entitled to recover compensation for the injuries
that you received, but also many other things, including:
- Medical Expenses
- General Damages
- Household Services
- Lost Wages
- Future Medical Expenses
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Loss of Consortium of Child
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Society and Companionship
If you believe any of these apply to you as a result of your auto accident,
learn more about recovering your damages during a
free case evaluation with a member of our legal team.
How much does a consultation or evaluation cost?
When you come to our Washington, DC, Virginia or Maryland offices for an
evaluation and consultation, you do not have to pay anything. Chaikin,
Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. provides you with a free consultation
and evaluation of your case. Our firm also handles all car accident and
personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning that we do not get
paid unless we successfully recover financial compensation.
Call (202) 644-8303 to request a free consultation.